Emily Reese Feature Archive

Johann Sebastian Bach continues to inspire generations of composers more than 300 years after his time. Hear straightforward arrangements of Bach's music as well as some less familiar music inspired by Bach on today's Learning to Listen. (03/24/2014)
Composer Luc St. Pierre wrote a dark and ambient score for "Thief", focusing on the shady personality of the protagonist, Garrett. Emily Reese talks to Luc St. Pierre on this week's Top Score. (03/20/2014)
Nadia Boulanger and her sister, Lili, made a notable impact in classical music in the 20th century; Lili for her compositions, and Nadia for her teachings. (03/17/2014)
Video Games Live just released its third studio album. Co-creator of VGL, Tommy Tallarico, talks about the music. (03/13/2014)
The transition from Baroque music to the Classical era didn't happen right away, but was ushered in thanks to a small handful of composers living in Northern Germany. Hear examples of Baroque music compared to the style known as "Empfindsamkeit" on today's Learning to Listen. (03/10/2014)
Christophe Heral and Billy Martin collaborated on their second Rayman game: Rayman Legends. (03/06/2014)
She was her brother's inspiration and his harshest critic. Hear a sample of Fanny Mendelssohn's intricate and harmonically bold music, in honor of Women's History Month on Learning to Listen from Classical MPR. (03/03/2014)
Composer Dale North was inspired by games from the late '80s and early '90s for his score to Dragon Fantasy Book II. (02/27/2014)
Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote about 90 minutes of music for a play called 'Peer Gynt'. He later extracted some of the music to create orchestral suites. These suites contain some of Grieg's most joyful -- and sorrowful -- music. (02/24/2014)
Finnish composer Ari Pulkkinen was already an established composer in the gaming industry when he wrote the theme for Angry Birds. (02/20/2014)
Celeste Headlee stops by Learning to Listen to talk about her grandfather, William Grant Still. (02/17/2014)
Peter McConnell teamed up with Tim Schafer and Double Fine Studios for a gem of a score for "Broken Age". McConnell talks to Emily Reese on this week's Top Score. (02/13/2014)
Gustav Holst wrote his epic suite for orchestra, The Planets, from 1914 to 1916. Hear the unique aspects of each movement on Learning to Listen. (02/10/2014)
Video game composer Dren McDonald had a great idea to raise money for an after-school music program in California. McDonald is Emily Reese's guest on this week's episode of Top Score. (02/06/2014)
This Friday night, the Minnesota Orchestra returns to a newly renovated Orchestra Hall after a 15-month lockout, led by Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Learn about the 10 principal conductors from throughout the 111-year history of the Orchestra on this week's Learning to Listen. (02/03/2014)